How can I lower my risk of peripheral arterial disease if I have diabetes?

Just having diabetes puts you at risk of developing peripheral arterial disease (PAD), but your risk is even greater under the following conditions:
  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • Abnormal blood cholesterol levels
  • Overweight
  • Not physically active
  • Over age 50
  • History of heart disease, or you've have had a heart attack or a stroke
  • Family history of heart disease, heart attacks, or strokes
You can't change your age or your family history, but taking care of your diabetes and the conditions that come with it can lower your chances of having PAD.

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